Cleaning your gutters is more than just about keeping your home looking its best, it is an essential part of maintaining and protecting your home from serious problems and damages. Those serious damages can often lead to very costly repairs. Gutters are a crucial component of your home’s roof. They are there to collect and channel rainwater so that it flows away from the building and its foundations.
To show the importance of cleaning your gutters during spring, or having a professional gutter cleaning company to do the work for you, we are going to discuss some of the things that can happen when you don’t.
When you don’t clean your gutters in a timely manner, they can be come clogged with leaves, twigs and similar debris. This debris can then weigh the guttering down and can even result in them loosening or breaking away from the property. Even if that doesn’t happen, the water that can’t flow easily along and down your gutters will just sit there and can cause rust and crack.
Damage to Your Home
Its not only the guttering itself that can be damaged when they clog up. Your property can get damaged from clogged gutters. When the water can’t flow along the gutters and into the downspouts, it can overflow and then seep over the roof. This results in leaks that then leak from the ceilings and walls on the interior as well as the exterior. Furthermore, as noted earlier, if the water is not successfully directed away from your property, it can collect and puddle around the foundations. Over time, the puddles of water can cause soil erosion and compromise the structural integrity of your home.
Another serious problem that can occur when your gutters are blocked during winter is that the accumulated water could freeze over. As well as causing the gutters to crack, it can create ice dams that stop the water flowing away from the roof. Therefore, if you only do it once a year, you should make sure that you have the gutters on your property cleaned during fall/autumn. When you see icicles forming down the side of the building, it can look spectacular. However, this is a sign that there’s a serious issue with your guttering.
Infestations of Pests
When the gutters are clogged, all that accumulated leaves, dirt and other debris can look like a very attractive home for various insects and rodent pests. And if pests decide to setup home in your clogged gutters, you have even worse problems on your hands. Those pests could eventually work their way into your home. So, unless you want rats, squirrels or disgusting little insects invading your living space, you need to make sure that you clean your gutters regularly.
Although it’s a very simple task really, we would still recommend that rather than carrying out the work yourself, unless you are component on a set of ladders and have experience, that you hire a professional team to do the work for you. You and your property will be safer, and the work will get done to a very high standard.